Escalator and Elevator Accidents Lawyer in the DMV

Many people have a fear of elevators and escalators, and for good reason. When you ride on a piece of machinery that lifts you far above the ground, your life becomes totally dependent upon the owners and operators of the machine who have the responsibility to ensure its safety and maintenance. 

Elevator and escalator accidents lead to the deaths of about 30 people each year in the United States—and seriously injure around 17,000 people annually, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Tenacious personal injury lawyer Johnnie Bond helps escalator and elevator accident victims and their families in the DMV find justice and compensation. If you or a loved one suffered an injury related to an elevator or escalator in the DC area, please contact Johnnie Bond Law at 202-683-6803.

What is Premises Liability?

Premises liability refers to a property owner’s responsibility to keep visitors safe, called the duty of care. Owners must complete required maintenance tasks and reasonably identify and eliminate possible causes of accidents. 

Whether you are on public or private property, you should not be placed in danger by the property owner’s negligence. If lack of maintenance or reasonable care results in an elevator or escalator accident, the property owner may be liable.

Common Causes of Elevator Accidents

You find elevators in all types of places from malls and shopping centers to office buildings and schools. Many apartment complexes have elevators, as do hospitals and museums. 

Several common causes of elevator accidents include:

  • Pulley malfunctions
  • Wiring issues
  • Flawed leveling
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Poor maintenance
  • Lack of or inadequate inspections
  • Shafts open for repairs
  • Poor design 

Even a simple trip-and-fall accident caused by improper leveling can result in serious injuries. Let our escalator and elevator accidents lawyer help you pursue compensation if you suffer an elevator injury.

Common Causes of Accidents on Escalators

Escalators are common in all types of places in the DMV area. In addition to its 275 elevators, the Washington DC Metro system alone includes 613 escalators. 

Common causes of escalator accidents include:

  • Mechanical malfunction
  • Lack of maintenance
  • Poor maintenance
  • Missing stair teeth
  • Poor design 

Anyone who has ever tripped on an escalator knows how scary they can be, and unfortunately, these accidents can cause victims significant injuries.

Injuries that Occur Frequently in Escalator and Elevator Accidents

Many elevator and escalator injuries prove to be life-altering or life-threatening. Some common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Bruises and lacerations
  • Crush injuries
  • Concussions
  • Brain injuries
  • Paralysis 

In one case, a ten-year-old boy suffered catastrophic brain injury and paralysis after leaning over to observe an elevator shaft that was improperly exposed. In another situation, a woman was killed on an escalator after her hair and scarf became trapped in the mechanism. 

When timely maintenance or foresight could have prevented the accidents from happening, it is truly tragic. 

Contact a Elevator and Escalator Accident Lawyer Serving the Washington DC Area

Contact Johnnie Bond and his team if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an escalator or elevator accident in the DMV. The accident team at Johnnie Bond Law are dedicated to providing empathetic support and aggressive representation for victims and their families. 

When you trust your case to Johnnie Bond Law, we will handle everything so that you or your family member can focus on recovering. Get in touch with us today for personal injury and wrongful death representation in the DMV area. You can contact us online or call us at 202-683-6803 to schedule a free consultation. 

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